After defeating former Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217, it was apparent over the next couple of months that Rose Namajunas was not being given the credit she deserved after doing something no other fighter on the planet could do. Many people saw Rose’s first round KO victory as a fluke while Jedrzejczyk herself pointed to weight cutting issues as her main reason for losing the fight.
As UFC 223 was approaching, Namajunas made it clear that this time around would be no different and she would prove to the world that she is the greatest strawweight fighter on earth.
On Saturday, April 7, Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk threw down for the second time at UFC 223 at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight would go the full five rounds with Namajunas earning her second victory over Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision.
Although the fight was competitive, the damage on the face of Jedrzejczyk spoke volumes while Namajunas looked fresh and composed. The judges scored the contest 49-46 across the board with Rose taking Rounds 1,2 and 5 while Joanna earned rounds 3 and 4.
Although Joanna Jedrzejczyk remains in the #1 contenders spot at this time, it isn’t likely that a trilogy fight is in the cards any time in the foreseeable future.
The UFC Strawweight division is a stacked one with plenty of other contenders such as Jessica Andrade, Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Tecia Torres who are chomping at the bit to get their shot at ‘ The UFC’s New Strawweight Queen “Thug Rose” Namajunas.
It’s exciting times for women’s MMA and the UFC Strawweight division is reigning supreme.